In October of 2013 we invited poet and twitter icon Patricia Lockwood to Miami to read from her first book of poems, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (Octopus Books, 2012), as part of our Knight-funded Visiting Poet Series.
Since her visit to Miami, Lockwood has garnered a great deal of press. Her second book, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Penguin Books, 2014), just received a glowing review from The New York Times Book Review and Stephen Burt. In May, Lockwood was the subject of a New York Times Sunday magazine profile as well as a review on Slate that situated her writing within the current atmosphere in contemporary poetry. Almost simultaneously, a short piece on Lockwood ran in The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog with an O, Miami photo taken by the great Gesi Schilling.
Then, true to Lockwood's ability to create conversation, responses started coming in to those initial reviews. (In case you missed it, Poetry Foundation's blog Harriet has a handy guide to it all, with extended quotes and links.)
So it's probably about time that we posted the following video, which we made with Tricia during her Miami visit. The premise was simple: take Lockwood to Books & Books in Coral Gables and let her do anything she wants.
We have a ton of footage from that day, which we may or may not get around to editing, but until then, here's Patricia Lockwood reading a passage from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections.